on the road

The Riviera

Years ago, when we first talked about going to France. My thought was always that we would spend it in the south of France, and of course that meant seeing The Riviera.  So to finally be there was a dream come true!  The Mediterranean, the Cote d’Azur, the palm trees, the sun, it was all there waiting for us to enjoy!  Enjoy we did!

Arriving in the area around 6 p.m. we found our next B&B. Les Terrasses du Soleil, in Cagnes Sur Mer, is situated at the top of very steep and narrow roads in the historic Haut de Cagnes. Our hosts, Catherine and Patrick, were warm and welcoming.  A little bit of the history of this beautiful B&B: The Villa was once owned by G. & Betty Ulmer, famous in the sixties musical years. Some of the ‘stars’ who stayed and frequented this beautiful home were Frank Sinatra, Maurice Chevalier, Christina Onassis, among others.  I loved flipping through the scrap book of news clippings about the Villa and looking at the pictures framed that adorned the walls.  Our room had a private terrace that had both a sea view and castle view.  Arriving with little time to do any real exploring, and not wanting to move the car again ever, we asked Catherine for a dinner recommendation. We took her advice and walked to Le Perousin. We hit the food jackpot! Served by the delightful Sabrina, her husband is the chef, we sampled some wonderful food, prepared with great care, and served with such pride.  Really, a jackpot! I will write a separate blog post just for this restaurant.  Stay tuned!

Walking the narrow streets of Haut de Cagnes (Cagnes sur Mer)
Walking the narrow streets of Haut de Cagnes (Cagnes sur Mer)

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We really liked this place!  After dinner we headed back to our B&B and to bed.  We had a busy day planned for the next day including Nice and Monte Carlo!

Nice didn’t disappoint! A bustling city, a playground, Nice was delightful.  Our B&B host warned us to keep an eye on our valuables.  We did.  No issues, everything was fine. What surprised me the most about the ‘beach’ of Nice was that there was no sand.  None. Everything is stone! Now of course that makes for a very uncomfortable experience when lying on the beach.  Ugh.  We did learn that you can pay to use a private beach.  these private beaches have lounge chairs and often small wooden walkways so that you wouldn’t have to walk directly on the stones unless you were heading for the water!  We decided to save beach day for another time and concentrated on the city itself.  One of the best ways to see and appreciate the history of any city is to take a small tour.  Our menu in Nice? A delicious pizza.

best ever pizza
best ever pizza

This pizza had a delicate crust, a hint of tomato sauce, and emmenthal cheese. Then topped with prosciutto and warmed again.  Finally fresh arugula and field greens and freshly grated Parmesan topped the whole thing. This pizza was a taste explosion in my mouth!  So delicious!

The rest of our time on the Riviera was spent visiting Monte Carlo, and a wonderful beach day in Cagnes Sur Mer.  After our final breakfast of fresh yogurt, fruit, and breakfast breads/pastries, we bid farewell to our hosts and headed to the train station in Nice.  Returning the car was a nightmare, but we did it! Whew!  We boarded the train and headed to Paris!  Ah Paris! J’adore!

Next up:  Two days in Paris.

Gorgeous Med. Sea
Gorgeous Med. Sea
The Beach
The Beach
Looking for James Bond
Looking for James Bond

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